Title: Chasing River (Burying Water #3)
Author: K.A. Tucker
**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley**
I just want to shout out how much I LOVED THIS BOOK. Seriously.
I have to admit I haven’t read the previous books of the series, BUT this book can totally be read as a standalone. It was perfect, it was swoon-worthy, it was completely intriguing. I couldn’t stop reading, but then again… why would I?
Chasing River is the third book of the Burying Water series by K.A. Tucker. In this book, we meet Amber Welles, a 25 year-old young woman who’s decided to take a trip around Europe for a while. She’s always been this organized girl. She knows what she wants and she’s probably gotten everything so far… But still, there’s something missing. So after her boyfriend dumps her with the lame excuse of “you’re too young”, there’s really nothing else, besides her family, tying her to her to her small town in Oregon. She needs a distraction, something different, something to take her mind off of things. Something that makes her feel alive. And nothing says “YOU’RE ALIVE” as a near-death experience. After that day, Amber’s life completely changes. The trip that started as something fun and enlightening, transforms itself into something she wasn’t expecting. At all.
This is a story of being in the right place, at the right time. It’s all about the decisions we make and how they will impact your life and the lives of the people around you.
I couldn’t have loved it more.
This book is told from two POVs, Amber’s and River’s. First, we have Amber, she’s a strong girl, raised by an amazing surgeon as a mom and the town sheriff as a dad. She’s always been the good girl, having no choice in the matter since her brother has always found himself in some kind of trouble. She’s the popular girl, with the nice boyfriends, and always surrounded by the “right crowd”. After finishingor college, she decided to go back to her hometown and be a nurse there. That’s what she knows, what she’s always known and will always be certain of. There’s nothing new to it, so she’s comfortable. It’s her comfort zone. She has a nice life, but she knows there’s more to it and, for a while, there’s been this nagging curiosity about wanting to see what’s out there. There’s always a time for everything, I believe, so when she decided to embark on this journey through different countries, cultures and histories, she had the opportunity to open her mind to new things, new people, new feelings. She couldn’t have planned for anything that happened. She was completely relatable to me. Sometimes we are so scared of changes, we end up just settling with what we have and the hand we were dealt with. And sometimes, we forget there’s an entire world out there, that’s just waiting for us to do something with it. That’s what Amber did. I loved that she gave herself the chance to go open her mind and realize that life is not black and white, that there’s this huge grey area that may give us the answer to many of our questions. We need to give ourselves the chance to live some adventures in life, and she set the example pretty well.
“It can’t be anything else.” And yet my heart is telling me it’s everything else.
K.A Tucker did an amazing job with Amber. The way she describes what she’s thinking and feeling makes it so much easier to relate to her. She’s real, or at least she felt real to me, and that’s what I’m always looking for in a character.
Then we have River. Riiiiiiiver. Well, I fell completely in love with him from the first page. The guy is just so dreamy and interesting and gorgeous. He has written hero all over him, even though he doesn’t believe he has anything worth keeping. He’s the kind of guy who’s truly good, with the best intentions, the best manners. But he also has this explosive side of him, and no, I don’t mean it like is violent or anything, he just can’t stand seeing someone who’s been wronged just because. His heart is pure and I just loved every single bit of him. He was the perfect guy for that “torrid affair with a foreigner”, only he’s not just that. He becomes something more special than that after just a few pages. He’s a charmer, but he’s honest, and hard-working. I loved reading his POV because it gave some kind of desperate perspective. I felt his frustration towards his brother. I felt his love and passion about Amber. I felt his forever loyalty to his family. It was perfect.
“I want you to look at me the way you used to. I want you to think that I’m good. I want you to still want me. Do you?”
The rest of the characters… they all play a big part of the story. River’s family is a little bit complicated and you can’t begin to imagine how much, but they all have this amazing routine that makes them adorable in their own way. Well, all except one, of course. I’m really intrigued with them actually. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books and find out what’s their story, especially Alex’s.
K.A Tucker’s books always have something, I don’t know what, that make the story just so beautiful. I’ve loved every book I’ve read by her. They all have the right amount of everything, from the emotions you’re going to feel (because trust me, you are), to the drama, and suspense. I guess it’s the sum of amazingly developed characters, a perfect way to describe the situations and feelings each character is experiencing, and the secrets that keep revealing as the story grows.
“It threw me off when he wiped away my tears, and it thrilled me more than a little when he kissed my hand before letting go. I didn’t think guy even did that anymore.”
Why did I wait so long to read this series? It’s been sitting in my TBR for months. I read Ten Tiny Breaths and loved it. So why didn’t I immediately pick up this series? I’ll tell you why. I firmly believe that books come to us at the right time, in the right moment. I’m going through some rough personal stuff and had been suffering through a horrible reading slump. That is until now. Until River came into my life.
They don’t make men like River in America. They just don’t.
But I’ll get back to him in a bit. This is the first of the Burying Water series that I read. I went in completely blind, not knowing anything about the characters or their backgrounds. So I was pleasantly surprised when I was sent on a trip across the ocean to Ireland, a place I’ve always wanted to visit. So you better believe I was soaking up all of Amber’s experiences as she explored this beautiful country, and especially when meeting a certain Irish bartender.
Amber has been saving up for this trip of a lifetime- traveling around the world. Alone. I admire her ambition and guts to do something like that. But she has that type A personality- a driven leader. Confident. She grew up being known as the popular, straight A student and rodeo queen. To an outsider, it would seem like Amber’s life was perfect but a deeper look inside would reveal that not to be the case. Being the Sheriff’s daughter has its setbacks but this trip afforded her the freedom to finally break away from that and be someone else for a little bit.
However, she never expected to almost get blown up. Enter River- the man who saved her from certain death. Anyone would become attached but in this case, her feelings may run just a little deeper. But is he who he seems? His family’s past and his brother’s criminal actions might drive a wedge between them, but River is nothing but determined. I loved his wit and sarcasm. I loved his attention to detail, how he was always touching Amber or showing affection in some way, even if it was small. They barely knew each other, but he made sure she felt wanted and appreciated. Where can I find a guy like that? Oh right, I have to cross an ocean. No big.
K.A Tucker did an amazing job of bringing Ireland to life. Thanks to personal experience and research, she made the landmarks, the dialogue, the people, the streets and buildings jump off the page. I feel like I know a bit more about Ireland than I did, like a piece of it was shared with me and I thank her for that. River and Amber’s story is one I will treasure for years to come and I know at some point I’ll go back to Ireland and relive the experience.
“Seize the day. If I wasn’t convinced before, that sweet old man surely helped sway me. I’ll take the bait. I’ll chase you, River.”